Mini Reviews: Poetry!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey★★★★★ | Goodreads | Amazon

What a beautiful and important book! I read this a few months ago and never gave it the full review that it deserves. This collection of poetry opened my eyes to a few things I have never experienced: rape, abusive love, and the process of learning to heal afterward. I will never know exactly how Kaur feels, but her words are so strong and well chosen that I feel like I can empathize as well as an outsider can. I’d never thought about what it was like to

This book helped me refind my love for poetry, and I thank Kaur for that. Although I still have not read her newest collection, The Sun And Her Flowers, I have that on my list of must-reads for 2018.

Vertigo: Of Love & Letting Go by Analog de Leon

Vertigo

★★★★☆ | Goodreads | Amazon

When I opened this book, I expected to find a collection of poetry, but instead, I found a story about a love so dizzying that it stays with you forever, one way or another. This is the type of poetry that you either love or hate. De Leon relies heavily on nature metaphors to describe his feelings toward this lover as he tells the story, but that is something I love about poetry. It just feels magical to me. In fact, the metaphor about candles and light that the author explains in the foreword is one I’ve never come across and sets the tone for the entire book. This story of “love and letting go” is something that we can all relate to on some level because love, whether that love is romantic or otherwise, is just such a human experience.

Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

Depression and Other Magic Tricks★★★★★ | Goodreads | Amazon

I truly believe that the poetry Benaim writes is the type that should be read aloud. I couldn’t figure out how her premiere poem, “First Date” was supposed to be read, so I found a video of her performing it on YouTube and from there I knew what voice she was trying to use. Now, certainly, I don’t use that against her by any means. After all, the ancient Greeks designed poetry to be spoken, not read.

Out of the three books in this post, this is the one that I was able to relate to the most. Although I haven’t been diagnosed with depression, I’ve been in those days where you just cannot find the ability to leave your bed and it feels like no one is there to help you. I appreciate the voice that Benaim gives to this illness. Some of the poems are also incredibly personal as she speaks of past loves and her relationships with her parents, and I love the open honesty that she weaves into her poems. I hope she continues to write, perform, and publish more poems because these were enjoyable yet important reads.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing a free copy of Vertigo and Depression & Other Magic Tricks in exchange for honest reviews.

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